Goofy’s ‘How to Stay at Home’ Shorts from Disney Animation Studios coming to Disney+

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How to Stay at Home

Goofy’s ‘How to Stay at Home’ Shorts from Disney Animation Studios coming to Disney+. In the ’40s Goofy starred in the “How To..” shorts that were shown in movie theaters prior to the main feature. They were a huge hit for Disney with most people paying just to see these famous Goofy featurettes. Shorts like “How to Swim” “How to Play Football” and also titles like “How to Fish”, and “How to be a Sailor” were immensely popular.

Now Goofy is back in three new “How to” shorts from Walt Disney Animation Studios only available on DIsney+. In the new “How to Stay at Home” trilogy of “How to Wear a Mask,” “Learning to Cook,” and “Binge Watching.”  Like most people, Goofy spent the last year and a half staying at home… so it seemed only fitting to Eric Goldberg (the Genie in Aladdin, co-director Pocahontas) that Goofy could provide some good-natured lessons in How to Stay at Home and show how to make the best of a challenging situation.

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Goofy's 'How to Stay at Home' Shorts
Voices-of-the-Fab-3_A-Goofy-Movie.jpg: Disney Legend Bill Farmer voices Goofy in the fan-favorite animated film A Goofy Movie, as seen in the “Voices of the ‘Fab 3’” panel at D23’s Destination D: Celebrating Mickey Mouse, November 16-18, 2018 at Disney’s Contemporary Resort. © Disney

Last fall, Goldberg pitched several shorts to Disney Animation chief creative officer Jennifer Lee and president Clark Spencer, who recognized that Goofy was the perfect “everyman” to relive some of the common experiences we’ve had during these unprecedented and unusual times.

The Walt Disney Animation Studios Presents Goofy in the How to Stay at Home series, streaming exclusively on Disney+ beginning August 11, is produced by Emmy Award® winner Dorothy McKim (Prep & LandingMeet the Robinsons). Disney Legend Bill Farmer, the voice of Goofy since 1987, provides the charismatic and clumsy character’s familiar vocals, while actor Corey Burton is the narrator of each short.

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Staying at home has been difficult for many of us, “but I think Goofy gives us an opportunity to have a little fun with it,” Goldberg tells D23 in an exclusive interview. “There are so many stories of people saying they baked bread for the first time or they were learning to cook. And I know personally, I did indulge in binge-watching! It affected all of us, but we’ve exaggerated certain things in these shorts; I don’t have as much trouble putting on a mask as Goofy does!”

Goofy's 'How to Stay at Home' Shorts
How to Stay at Home

“How to Wear a Mask”

Goofy demonstrates the fine art of putting on a face mask as he prepares to leave the house and venture into the outside world. Despite his earnest efforts, Goofy becomes inextricably tangled in the mask before finally finding the perfect fit. “Goofy is such a great physical character,” says Goldberg. “There are so many great physical cartoons that Goofy was in, like Olympic ChampGoofy Gymnastics, and The Art of Self-Defense, where the narrator is describing all the things Goofy is supposed to do—but, of course, he can’t.” This short continues that tradition. “Goofy’s having fun with it; we’re not making fun of wearing a mask,” McKim notes. “We can all relate to him, and we can have a little chuckle about it.”

Fun Fact: A “jaunty” melody from How to Play Baseball (1942) is sampled, per Goldberg.

“Learning to Cook”

It’s a recipe for comedy and disaster when Goofy uses everything but the kitchen sink—along with any and all ingredients in his understocked pantry and refrigerator—to concoct something original and uniquely Goofy. “Goofy will always do something based on his own cracked logic,” says Goldberg. After the narrator explains that a master chef can make anything taste delicious using whatever they have on hand, Goofy is emboldened to do just that—even if it leads to a “bizarro food tower,” Goldberg says. “One of the great things about Goofy is that he always comes up smiling. It doesn’t matter if he makes a completely ridiculous mistake. It’s like, ‘Yes, I’m eating a piece of a tin can with beans in it. Boy, this tastes great!’ So, you can always count on that character to keep smiling, no matter what.”

Fun Fact: Not only does Goofy wear the same outfit from Mickey’s Birthday Party (1942), according to Goldberg, but “Learning to Cook” uses the same music from the classic short.

“Binge Watching”

Goofy sticks his neck out to show viewers what it means to be truly flexible when binge-watching takes precedence over… well, just about everything! Goofy is remarkably able to multitask and juggle a variety of household activities simultaneously—in a way that only Goofy can. By the time he sits down to watch his favorite show, his gaze is fixated on the screen. “I thought it would be funny for Goofy to settle down with a slack-jawed expression and keep it there for the entire show,” says Goldberg. “Talking about it with Mark, I said, ‘His bottom half acts like Goofy; you’ve got to animate that part as if it’s Goofy, even though the top remains completely stationary.’’ Clean-up artist Rachel Bibb had the most technically challenging job, says Goldberg, “because there are all sorts of takeovers to keep his head still and keep his body moving, putting down the glass and putting pizza in his mouth. It was very technically oriented, and Rachel was great at keeping that straight.”

Fun Fact: The squash and stretch effect “highlights hand-drawn animation at its finest,” says McKim.


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